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2015 IHSVCA Boys Senior All Star Game

Congrats to our 2015 IHSVCA Senior All Stars and their coaches that nominated them for this prestigious award...


Match is set for Monday, June 8th 7pm @ Wheaton Warrenville South HS


Come out and watch the best in Illinois compete on one court....



2015 IHSVCA All Star Game Players          
  First Name Last Name School Position College    
  olbie Knorr WW South L Quincy    
  Phil  Olszewski Naperville North L Illinois    
  Andrew Salmon Waubonsie Valley L Mount Olive    
  Ben  Symonds Glenbard East L Lindenwood    
  Rob  Chatterton Glenbrook North MH Lindenwood    
  Kyle Fitzgerald Zion Benton MH IPFW    
  Jerry Loar WW South MH COD    
  Jakub Mazurek Loyola MH Loyola    
  Jack Burton Naperville Central OH Grand Canyon    
  Paul Chmura Sandburg OH Benedictine    
  John Hildebrand WW South OH Arizona State    
  Nick Lilley Lincoln Way East OH North Central    
  Jake Olson Oak Forest OH Calumet College    
  Will Tischler Downers Grove South OH Loyola    
  Martin Padlo Marist OPP Kentucky    
  Lem Turner Vernon Hills OPP Ball State    
  Ben  Carpio WW South S COD/Benedictine    
  Kian Peterson Hinsdale Central S Indiana    
  Noah Ricchetti Barrington S Alderson Broaddus    
  Sanil Thomas Andrew S/OH Ohio State    
  All Star Coaches Kris Fiore Lincoln Way East South Team    
    Yun Chen Warren North Team    
    Ian Peckler Warren North Team    

2015 NCAA Men's Volleyball National Champions (Back to Back)

Congrats to Loyola University on its second consecutive Men's Volleyball National Championship won in a historic 5 set match versus Lewis University by the following players from our great state;


Loyola University

Asst. Coach Mark Hulse (Evanston)

Asst. Coach Ben Wilson (New Trier)

Ricky Gevis (OPP)  Benet Academy

Derek Guimond (MH)  Evanston

Thomas Jaeschke (OH) Wheaton Warrenville South, AVCA National Player of the Year

Jeff Jendryk (MH)  Wheaton St. Francis, NCAA Finals MVP

Matt Phillips (OPP)  Minooka

Diego Rodriguez (S)  Oak Park River Forest

Jake Selsky (L)  Cary Grove


Lewis University

Asst. Coach Matt McCarthy (Wheaton Warrenville South) AVCA National Asst. Coach of the Year

Asst. Coach Mark Denson (St. Laurence)

Asst. Coach Bryan Johnwick (Naperville Central)

Eric Butch (OH)  Maine South

Scott Fifer (S)  Sandburg

Eric Fitterer (OPP) Edwardsville

John Hodul (MH)  Sandburg

Gert Lisha (S)  Naperville North

Mitch Perinar (OPP)  Minooka

Greg Petty (OH)  Downers Grove North

Jacob Schmiegelt (MH)  Willowbrook

Michael Simmons (OH)  Waubonsie Valley

Nick Vander Zanden (MH)  Andrew

Jake Walenga (L)  Lincoln Way North

Bobby Walsh (MH)  Mount Carmel

Trevor Weiskircher (OH) Rockford Boylan


4th Annual IHSVCA Senior All Star Game


On Monday, June 8th at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL, the 4th Annual IHSVCA Boys Volleyball All-Star Game will take place.

Nominations for the All-Star match are now open- head coaches making nominations for senior players only (IHSA by-law) must be members of the IHSVCA.  If you are NOT a member, go to for more information and the ability to register.

Coaches are asked to submit the player's name and statistics to Bill Schreier at Wheaton-Warrenville South H.S. by the end of school this Friday, May 22nd- his E-mail is: .

For more information on the game, contact Bryan Paliza at Niles West HS- his E-mail is: .  More information on match time and other details will be announced shortly.

Latest IHSVCA Coaches Poll 4/4/15

Check out the latest coaches poll from the IHSVCA...

2015 IHSVCA Coaches Boys Volleyball Poll- Preseason Rankings

March 19, 2015

Dear Coaches,

                As we prepare our teams for their first matches, we are happy to announce the first year of our coaches poll.  In conjunction with the IHSVCA and my journalism class, we have gotten 20 coaches involved in voting for who they believe are the top boys volleyball teams in the Chicagoland area.  In order to help promote the boys game, we have developed this poll to highlight our sport.  We will be running this poll every other week throughout the season.  Thanks for all you do for our young men and good luck on the season.

5th Annual IHSVCA Winter Coaches Clinic

NEW DATE             Save the Date!!!!!!                    NEW DATE                                      NEW DATE

5th Annual IHSVCA Coaches Clinic



5th Annual Coaches Clinic - Saturday, March 21st @ Niles West


8:00 AM: Registration Opens

8:40 AM-10:35 AM: Breakout Sessions

8:40 AM: RW Brown                       President/CEO Academy of Human Performance

9:30 AM: Matt McCarthy              Lewis Asst. Coach                            Blocking

10:15 AM: Bryan Paliza  The Future of the IHSVCA and HS Volleyball Issues in IL

10:35 AM- 11:00 AM: BREAK/ Visit Exhibitors

11:00 AM: Terry Liskevych           Oregon St. Head Coach Q&A

12:15 PM: Lunch and Exhibitors

1:00 PM:  Mark Hulse     Loyola Asst. Coach                           Attacking & Drills             

2:00 PM:  Kris Berzins     Loyola Asst. Coach                           Serve Receive & Drills

3:00 PM: Drawings, Wrap-Up, and Evaluation

3:15 PM: Conclusion




Congrats 2014 Girls Volleyball State Champs


1st place     Benet

2nd place    Libertyville

3rd place    Normal Community

4th place    Loyola Academy



1st place     St. Francis

2nd place    Joliet Catholic

3rd place     Breese Mater Dei

4th place     Montini


1st place     Deer Creek-Mackinaw

2nd place    Dakota

3rd place     Watseka

4th place     Albion Edwards County


1st place     Keith Country Day

2nd place    Hartsburg-Emden

3rd place     Cissna Park

4th place     Woodlawn

5th Annual Senior Girls All Star Game



Hello Coaches,


I am reaching out to you see if you have any recommendations for a possible player to participate in the SPORTSTOWNCHICAGO.COM SENIOR SHOWCASE and/or 5th annual Illinois Volleyball ALL STAR GAME.


The games are being held Saturday November 29th at Wheaton College at approx 3pm (subject to change) and will benefit the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY - making strides for breast cancer awareness.


This Showcase will feature the top senior players in the state that are currently are not committed to a college, in order to display their skills in front of coaches and scouts alike. Along with that, we will be streaming the game LIVE via for all to see. It is a full video streaming event so coaches from around the nation can view the game if they are unable to attend. 


We are going to cap the game at approx 20 players total so all the participants have a fair chance to display their skills. If there are schools that the player wants us to specifically notify about their participation, we would be happy to forward that message on.


The ALL STAR GAME will consist of the top 30 players in the state that are already committed to a university.This game will happen at the conclusion of the showcase game, at approx 5pm.


Below is information to fill out regarding information we need for the player in the game:







COLLEGE (interest):


Jersey size:



WHY recommending them:




For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Ferreri, who some of you might be familiar with (  and for more information go to

IHSVCA Board Position Open

With the impending end to our Secretary Marci Maier’s  term the IHSVCA is looking for candidates interested in taking a term as the secretary of our organization.  Marci will still be around for consultation with the new secretary throughout the term.  If interested please get back to us ASAP!!

2014 IHSVCA Boys Senior All Star Game

North over South 29-27, 25-23, and 25-18... 

20 great seniors nominated by their high school coaches!!

Collin Merk Loyola L Quincy Lionel Ebeling
Josh Phalen Lincoln Way East L Grand Canyon Kris Fiore
Michael Savio Lake Zurich L USC Lesly Ravenscraft
Austin Faller Lincoln Way North S Illinois St (Club) Matt Lawrence
Marko Kostich Lyons Township S Harvard Joann Pyritz
Austin  Royer Lincoln Way East S St. Ambrose Kris Fiore
Zach Lillig Glenbrook North MH Carthage Chris Cooper
Neil Naughton Sandburg MH MSOE Sean Airola
Jack Serrino New Trier MH MIT Sue Ellen Haak
Nick VanderZanden Andrew MH Lewis Courtney Stoub
Kevin Myren Brother Rice OPP NJIT Paul Ickes
Mitch Perinar Minooka OPP Lewis Janel Grzetich 
Brad McFarland Lincoln Way North OH Dominican Matt Lawrence
Michael Simmons Waubonsie Valley OH Lewis Al Lagger
Nate Van Dellen Lincoln Way East OH Lindenwood Kris Fiore
Ryan Vorderer Lincoln Way East OH Lindenwood Kris Fiore
Jake Walenga Lincoln Way North OH Lewis Matt Lawrence
Mitch Weiler Brother Rice OH Ball State Paul Ickes
David Wieczorek Loyola OH Pepperdine Lionel Ebeling
Jared Wilcox WW South OH McKendree Bill Schreier
All Star Coaches Matt Lawrence Lincoln Way North South Team  
  Kurt Steuer Downers Grove South North Team  

2014 NCAA Men's Volleyball National Champions

 Congrats to Loyola University on its first Men's Volleyball National Championship won by the following players from our great state;

Diego Rodriguez 6-3 S SO Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest
Joseph Smalzer 6-8 OPP RS SR Chicago, Ill./Marist
Thomas Jaeschke 6-6 OH SO Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South
Kevin Maxwell 6-1 S SR Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice/Saint Xavier

From the Desk of Bryan Paliza...

Fellow Coaches and IHSVCA Members,     
It is with great honor and pleasure that I accept the challenge to fill the “big shoes” of Paul Ickes as the next President of the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association. Paul has done a phenomenal job in the 4 years that he has been our Association’s President. I look forward to continuing his work and adding my own vision and goals. I look forward to working with all of you and to help improve our craft as coaches, teachers and mentors to the     
student­ athletes and to each other.     

Before I go into my goals for the association, I would like to provide you with a brief snapshot of my background. I played for four years at Niles West High School and then I would continue to play on different adult club teams under the Great Lakes Region (USAV) for several seasons. I still play occasionally in local rec leagues both indoor and on the sand. My true passion these days belongs to the coaching aspect of the sport. I am currently in my 5th year coaching in the Niles West boys program. Later this fall will mark my 10th year coaching in the Niles West girls program. I have also coached five seasons of juniors club volleyball. I am currently an adjunct coach for Skyline Volleyball Club based out of Skokie and helping and     
advising when I can. I truly see myself as a student of the game as I am always looking for new ways to improve myself by talking with other coaches, attending as many clinics as possible, and simply just watching the game be played. I hold a few certifications from ASEP, Positive Coaching Alliance, and USA Volleyball (Beach Impact, Indoor Impact & Indoor CAP II). I look forward to the next opportunity to learn and grow my knowledge.     

 In no particular order, here is a snapshot of my vision for the association and beyond       
○ Structure varsity matches to be played 3 out of 5 sets for non­conference, conference and state play­off matches. I believe we pride ourselves in getting our student ­athletes ready for the next level by challenging them in the classroom, so let’s take it up a notch and challenge them in volleyball by playing collegiate length matches! The majority of other states are playing 3 out of 5 sets, so that is where we need to be. I have the following recommendations for other types of matches: 
➢ Varsity tournaments/invites remain 2 out of 3 sets     
➢ Sophomore/JV teams play 3 out of 5 sets for conference matches only     
➢ Freshmen to remain at 2 out of 3 sets 
○ For those involved in the association, I would like to provide more resources and learning opportunities to help us all Improve our craft. I plan on doing this, in addition to our annual coaches clinic, by collaborating with all of our resources and contacts that we have with collegiate coaches, staff members from Gold Medal Squared and The Art of Coaching Volleyball. Also, another significant way to further our skill would be to host a USA Volleyball Coaches Accreditation Program course here so we can learn from some of the great coaches in the USA pipeline.  
○ I think we need to collaborate more closely with the IHSA regarding assignments for state playoffs in order to even out the playing field and truly have the best of the best play in matches beyond regionals or in some cases, beyond sectionals. Here are some other alternatives to this:     

➢ Re­seed once the Final Four or Elite Eight have been determined.     
➢ The top four seeds in the sectional will be regional hosts. If a top four seed is selected as the sectional host, then the #5 seed would become the fourth regional host.     

○ Different venue(s) for both boys and girls state playoffs? With all due respect to Illinois State University for the girls and Hoffman Estates High School for the boys because they have done an exceptional job in hosting both events, but why not mix it up? There are other great venues that I think would be able to host these events while highlighting and extend the showcasing of our programs. For example: Loyola University, Northwestern,     
DePaul, UIC, Chicago State, and University of Chicago all have wonderful facilities that I’m sure would love to showcase what they have to offer. 
○ Beach Volleyball anyone? This version of our sport has been around for a very long time, but only in the recent years has it been really picking up some steam on the collegiate level and the junior level. Some junior clubs are now offering a beach/sand season as well! I think we should be looking into this avenue! Perhaps it would be best to start off small with a tournament or two? Or possible we could run some kind of mini­league? I have some connections with the Players Sports Group who run tournaments and leagues all over the city so I’m sure they would be willing to help us out. If one of you coaches have another idea or connection to make this happen please speak up. I know timing is everything with our own personal lives and with our athletes that play club, but     
this is an avenue that should be considered. Besides, don’t you want to spend some time at the beach?     

○ Lastly, but certainly not least. We are all here because we love the sport, we love coaching and we love our athletes. Why else would we spend all of this time training, planning, attending clinics, or dissecting video? We want to succeed and provide life long     
lessons for our student athletes! I have had the pleasure of meeting and picking the minds of some of the best coaches here in Illinois, as well as, from around the country. We need to establish/recognize these coaches via a Hall of Fame. A lot of other sports in     
our state have HOF coaches; we need to have this as well! With that said, we need to establish guidelines on the criteria for a Hall of Fame.      

➢ Girls’ coaches honored and inducted during the state play­offs in November     
➢ Boys’ coaches honored and inducted during the state play­offs in June     
These are my initial goals for the association as we move forward. I know some of them are lofty but I have always believed in dreaming big. The further that we reach, the farther we will go.. Again, I am really excited to help promote this association and sport, but I will need your support. Please feel free to contact me anytime and tell me what you think of my goals. In addition, please express your insights to a better association and greater growth.     
Bryan Paliza     

IHSVCA Announces New President

The Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association is very pleased to announce that Bryan Paliza from Niles West High School in Skokie, IL will become the next President of the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Association (IHSVCA) effective June 10th, 2014.


"After interviewing Bryan on March 6th, the current officers of the IHSVCA believe that Bryan will bring tremendous enthusiasm and passion to his new position," commented current IHSVCA President Brother Paul Ickes, CFC. "Based on his vision statement presented to us, Bryan is committed to sustaining and growing current IHSVCA initiatives.  Moreover, we are confident that Bryan will lead new initiatives for the membership of the Illinois high school volleyball community as well as investigate new partnerships within the greater volleyball community."

Brother Paul Ickes Announcement

The IHSVCA wishes Brother Paul Ickes continued success in his future endeavors and a huge thanks for all of his contributions to our organization and the sport of volleyball here in Illinois.....


Ash Wednesday – March 5th, 2014 (My 50th Birthday)


Good Morning Everyone-


Today, we embark on our Lenten journey toward Easter.  Today, I am speaking to you to make important announcements regarding my life’s journey.  Please, I ask you to wait until I’m finished speaking, and I ask you to please listen to my entire message.  OK?  Good!!!


So, here goes:  After much prayer, thought, and consultation with the Brothers, I am announcing two things today:


- First, I will be leaving ministry at Brother Rice High School at the end of this school year.  Simply put:  I turn 50 years old today, and I am completing 25 years of ministry in varied capacities at Brother Rice at the end of this school year.  I have had the amazing opportunity to spend literally half of my earthly existence as a Brother at Brother Rice High School.  More than anything, I will always cherish my time with you… the students, athletes, faculty, coaches, staff, parents, alumni, alumni parents- EVERYONE!  Thank you- you are the best!!!  


- Second, I have reached another decision in my life’s journey.  Before I say it, let me be crystal clear about this:  There is NO scandal here, NO ONE is forcing me to do anything, and I have made this choice myself.  AGAIN- I want to be crystal clear about this, OK?  Good!!!  I have asked the Brothers to be dispensed from my vows as an Edmund Rice Christian Brother which is scheduled to take effect sometime this summer.  My plan at present is to stay in the Chicago area to assist my recently widowed mother Janice, my older brother Mark, and my younger brother Bobby and his family, and to seek employment outside of Brother Rice utilizing my gifts and talents somewhere in our Church.  Although I may be “leaving the Brothers,” I have nothing but love, admiration, and respect for these men who have sacrificed everything to serve our Church- and in this case- serve our school.  The Brothers have greatly shaped me into the person that I am today, and for that, I will be forever grateful.  A part of me will always be a Brother no matter where my life takes me.


Why am I doing this?  Because I believe this is where God is leading me on my life’s journey.  Why make these announcements now, and why in this forum?  Because frankly, I believe, the last thing that Brother Rice High School needs right now is another crisis and the things crises on the ‘South Side’ of Chicago many times bring- false rumors, conspiracy theories, supposed plots, and the like.  Although the announcements I have made are incredibly difficult- believe you me- I truly feel that making these announcements now will help in a number of ways for everyone involved.  First, by announcing now, Brother Rice High School will have the time and the freedom to begin immediately searching for successors in my roles as Campus Minister and Head Volleyball Coach.  The students of Brother Rice High School deserve the absolute finest people to move both the Campus Ministry and Volleyball Programs here forward- because you are the absolute finest people I’ve been privileged to minister to and with!  Also, my announcements provide me and all of us time to grieve, to share and reminisce, to prepare for transitions, and to relish the remaining months I will be with you at Brother Rice High School as a Brother, Campus Minister, Peer Ministry Teacher, and Head Volleyball Coach.


Further communications will occur starting immediately to the rest of the Brother Rice Community repeating these announcements I have made today.


I promise not to be a stranger:  I have assured Dr. Burns and Mr. Antos that not only will I assist my successors in their new roles once they are named, but that I will remain involved in the Brother Rice Family as appropriate and as time allows. 


Lastly, one of the lessons of our Lenten journey- and I think the most important lesson in our Catholic faith- is that at the end of anything in our lives, including at the end of life itself, there is ALWAYS LIFE!  What a great thing- and Jesus is the model of this lesson by his own life.  The Paschal Mystery- Jesus’, Passion, Death, AND Resurrection- despite pain and suffering and even death, in the end… life is patiently waiting… Easter… Resurrection… Eternal Life!!  The cross just placed in ashes on your forehead by the Peer Ministers shows your belief in and your commitment to the Paschal Mystery- and this comes with tremendous responsibility.  While very cool I’ve always thought- forehead crosses traced in ashes- these crosses are not fashion statements.  My challenge to you now and always:  Embrace and live the Paschal Mystery- it’s never too late to start, or start again, or start over.  


Thank you for your time and attention today- I really appreciate it!!!  Thank you for your love.  Now and forever- I always have and I will always love you, Brother Rice High School, Blessed Edmund Rice, and the Brothers of our Founder and Namesake- Blessed Edmund Rice.


Please join me in a final prayer:  Blessed Edmund Rice… Pray for Us!  Mother of Perpetual Help… Pray for Us!  Live Jesus in Our Hearts… FOREVER!



In Blessed Edmund Rice,

+ Brother Paul Ickes, CFC